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Communications Politics 102

Posted: 11/2000 Communications Politics 102 By Ernie Kelly Tis the season for political contemplation. With that in mind I thought I might try a little tutelage called Communications Politics 102. For this purpose I will don my old "flea-bitten-inside-the-beltway" jacket and get down and dirty with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the […]

Regulatory News – Consumers Dazed & Confused About Long Distance

Posted:  09/2000 Consumers Dazed & Confused About Long Distance By Kim Sunderland A 28-state investigation has determined a sharp rise in consumer long-distance complaints is due largely to confusing telephone bills, state regulators say.Specifically, consumer complaints regarding AT&T Corp. (www.att.com) and WorldCom Inc. (www.wcom.com) long-distance services tripled in a two-year period, according to a survey […]

Regulatory News – Bell Atlantic’s OSS Problems Spill Out of N.Y.

Posted:  05/2000 Congress, FCC Move to Opposite Corners on Reorganization BY KIM SUNDERLAND The debate on Capitol Hill over revamping the FCC (www.fcc.gov) has become relentless. No end is in sight as Congress heads into the waning months prior to the presidential elections.Deregulation of the telecommunications marketplace–a top priority and passion of several Republicans–can be […]

FCC Attempts to Streamline Merger Reviews

Posted:  02/2000 FCC Attempts to Streamline Merger Reviews BY KIM SUNDERLAND In response to what he calls unprecedented consolidation in the telecommunications industry, and no doubt retorting to political pressures from Capitol Hill, FCC Chairman William E. Kennard has directed the federal agency’s top attorney to evaluate the commission’s merger review process. Kennard has directed […]

CompTel Proposes New FCC Bureau

Posted: 08/1999 CompTel Proposes New FCC Bureau By Kim Sunderland Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reform should include creation of a new Competition Bureau that would streamline agency processes and be more apt at dealing with industry changes and technological convergence, the Washington-based Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) says. CompTel’s June 28 comments are in response to […]

Will Congress Pull Plug on FCC Merger ReviewPower?

Posted: 08/1999 Will Congress Pull Plug on FCC Merger Review Power? By Kim Sunderland Several members of Congress, hell bent on restructuring or even eradicating the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), now are threatening to remove the federal agency’s authority to review proposed mergers between telecommunications companies. While many industry insiders consider this congressional warning ludicrous–mainly […]

The Sky Is Falling, and There’s Nothing YouCan Do About It

Posted: 02/1998 The Sky Is Falling, and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It By Debera Bell-Beam Chicken Little created more than a few anxious moments for those who believed her greatly exaggerated rumor of the world’s imminent demise. It turned out, after all, that she had misinterpreted a natural event. Whether such is the […]

The Sky Is Falling, and There’s Nothing YouCan Do About It

Posted: 11/1997   The Sky Is Falling, and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It By Debera Bell-Beam Chicken Little created more than a few anxious moments for those who believed her greatly exaggerated rumor of the world’s imminent demise. It turned out, after all, that she had misinterpreted a natural event. Whether such is […]

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